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Lithuania

Monitoring and Evlauation for Public Participation (LT0028)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Lithuania Action Plan 2018-2020

Action Plan Cycle: 2018

Status: Active

Institutions

Lead Institution: Office of the Government

Support Institution(s): Office of the Government (monitoring institution), state and municipal institutions and agencies, The plans are to consult experts from civil society and public governance, academic community.

Policy Areas

Public Participation

IRM Review

IRM Report: Lithuania Design Report 2018-2020

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Civic Participation

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review

Description

5. Carry out consistent monitoring and evaluation of public participation in governance
1 September 2018 – 1 September 2019
Lead implementing agency Office of the Government
Commitment description
Status quo or problem addressed by the commitment Lithuanian and international surveys show that the Lithuanian society is civically disengaged and it practically makes little use of its rights and opportunities to participate in solving the public matters of the country or to engage in civic activities of public importance. National institutions have implemented a number of initiatives to promote public participation and involvement in public decision-making processes, but public involvement is low, so is the participation culture, there is no methodological approach-based public participation monitoring strategy allowing to assess the current state of co-operation between the public sector and society, to see the development trends and the factors influencing the quality of this process - the engagement of participants, achievement of results, etc.
Problem solution/Commitment Developing methodology for monitoring civic participation in public governance processes, which would serve as a basis for the evaluation of the factual situation as regards civic participation in public governance processes, and provide for facilitated civic engagement in decision making.
Main objective Based on the above methodology, to evaluate the factual situation as regards civic participation in public governance processes and to provide for facilitated civic engagement in decision making.
How will the commitment contribute to solve the public problem? With the methodological basis at hand, it will be possible to gather information and evaluate the public involvement through specific tools for participation in decision-making, to monitor the changes in participation and to seek solutions and tools to encourage greater public participation.
Action and its description Expected concrete result Start date: End date:
1. Methodology designed Methodological document, 1 pcs 01/09/2018 31/12/2018
2. Trial monitoring completed Trial monitoring report, 1 pcs. 02/01/2019 01/07/2019
3. Recommendations drawn up Set of recommendations, 1 pcs 01/07/2019 01/09/2019
How is the commitment relevant to the values of transparency, accountability and civic participation? The commitment is relevant to the value of accountability, as it creates a mechanism aimed at: the evaluation of the effectiveness of public participation measures developed by institutions; it also meets the value of public involvement in decision making (participation), as the methodology will serve the basis for the implementation of the measures encouraging public participation.
Additional information ● The implementation of the commitment is financed from the project ‘Open Government initiatives’ carried out by the Office of the Government.
● The commitment is part of the Plan for the implementation of the Programme of the 17th Government.
Contact information
Lead implementing agency Office of the Government
Name, title, department of the responsible person, email and telephone number. Gitana Vaškelienė,
Head of Personal Service Unit,
email: gitana.vaskeliene@lrv.lt, tel.: 8 706 63 976Other ministries, departments/agencies involved Office of the Government (monitoring institution), state and municipal institutions and agencies
What civil society organisations, private sector representatives or other stakeholders are you planning to involve in the implementation of the commitment? Do you plan to conduct a public consultation during the implementation of the commitment? The plans are to consult experts from civil society and public governance, academic community.

IRM Midterm Status Summary

5. Carry out consistent monitoring and evaluation of public participation in governance

Language of the commitment as it appears in the action plan:

Lithuanian and international surveys show that the Lithuanian society is civically disengaged, and it practically makes little use of its rights and opportunities to participate in solving the public matters of the country or to engage in civic activities of public importance. National institutions have implemented a number of initiatives to promote public participation and involvement in public decision-making processes, but public involvement is low, so is the participation culture, there is no methodological approach-based public participation monitoring strategy allowing to assess the current state of co- operation between the public sector and society, to see the development trends and the factors influencing the quality of this process - the engagement of participants, achievement of results, etc. [30]

Milestones:

5.1. Methodology designed

5.2. Trial monitoring completed

5.3. Recommendations drawn up

Start Date: 1 September 2018

End Date: 1 September 2019

Context and Objectives

As the text of this commitment recognizes, the Lithuanian public rarely participates in decision making. According to the Ministry of Interior, 58 percent of residents know that such possibilities exist but they rarely use them. [31] In addition, only 8 percent of the population said in 2019 they would like to participate in anti-corruption activities—fewer than the 12 percent who said so in 2016 or the 15 percent in 2011. [32]

To address this downward trend of civic participation, the Office of the Government seeks to develop a special motoring system to trace the level of civic participation and measure the effectiveness of public consultations. The Office already created a methodology for public consultations during the 2016–2018 OGP cycle and tested it in seven institutions. However, that implementation lacked completion of the last milestone—this commitment’s monitoring system to assess the efficiency of the methodology.

The overall commitment is verifiable and measurable, but the milestones are too abstract. For instance, the Office of the Government plans to test the methodology until July 2019, but the scope of testing remains unclear based the commitment text (although the Office of the Government has clarified that this scope will be described in the methodology itself). This commitment also lacks steps to ensure that the public sector acts upon recommendations provided by the Office of the Government.

Next steps

This commitment aims to have measurable and sustainable public consultations in Lithuania. The commitment will complete the first step toward a more ambitious future commitment. Thus, the IRM researcher recommends extending monitoring plans for longer than the current action plan. Changes in citizens’ behaviors do not happen within a couple of years, so it is highly recommended to keep investing in public consultations and systematically monitoring their development. Also, the IRM researcher advises the government first to test the monitoring system on a smaller scope of institutions and amend it if necessary. This could help the Office of the Government develop a high-quality product to be launched on a national stage as part of a future, more potentially impactful commitment with mechanisms to incentivize compliance.

[30] Full commitment text available at https://bit.ly/2HPWuXo. [31] “Participation of Citizens When Making Decision on Local Level,” representative survey, Ministry of Interior, 2016. [32] “Lithuanian Map of Corruption,” Special Investigative Service, 2018, https://www.stt.lt/lt/naujienos/?cat=1&nid=2961.    

Commitments

  1. Open Data

    LT0024, 2018, E-Government

  2. NGO Database, NGO Fund

    LT0025, 2018, Civic Space

  3. Publish Fiscal Information

    LT0026, 2018, E-Government

  4. Public Services by NGOs

    LT0027, 2018, Capacity Building

  5. Monitoring and Evlauation for Public Participation

    LT0028, 2018, Public Participation

  6. Legislative Process Evaluation

    LT0029, 2018, Capacity Building

  7. Build Open Data Portal, and Integrate Into the European Single Digital Market.

    LT0015, 2016, Capacity Building

  8. Publicize Information About Government Activities and Civic Participation in Governance.

    LT0016, 2016, Capacity Building

  9. Publish Online Information About Revenues and Spending of National and Municipal Institutions

    LT0017, 2016, E-Government

  10. Create and Broadcast Social Advertisements That Target Corruption in the Healthcare System

    LT0018, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  11. Create Legal, Organizational and Technical Tools to Easily Access Detailed Information About Election and Voting Procedures

    LT0019, 2016, E-Government

  12. Create Public Consultation Mechanism

    LT0020, 2016, Capacity Building

  13. Foster Open Public Governance Culture in Public Sector

    LT0021, 2016, Capacity Building

  14. Creation of NGO Database.

    LT0022, 2016, Civic Space

  15. Creation of NGO Fund.

    LT0023, 2016, Capacity Building

  16. Public Service Quality Improvements

    LT0007, 2014, Capacity Building

  17. Developing and Promoting E-Services

    LT0008, 2014, E-Government

  18. Encouraging Public Participation

    LT0009, 2014, E-Government

  19. Raising Civic Awareness

    LT0010, 2014, Education

  20. National Civil Society Fund Model Development

    LT0011, 2014, Civic Space

  21. Accessibility of Public Information

    LT0012, 2014, E-Government

  22. Public Decision-Making Transparency

    LT0013, 2014, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  23. Promoting Anti-Corruption Education

    LT0014, 2014, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  24. Increase of the Accessibility of the Information Held by Public Administration Authorities.

    LT0001, 2012, Records Management

  25. Centralised Publishing of Information on Government Activities

    LT0002, 2012, Records Management

  26. More Extensive Public Consultations

    LT0003, 2012, Public Participation

  27. Promotion of Public Participation in Public Administration Processes

    LT0004, 2012, Legislature

  28. Increasing the Accessibility of Services Provided to the Public.

    LT0005, 2012, E-Government

  29. Promotion of Public Participation in the Process for the Improvement of Service Provision

    LT0006, 2012, Public Participation

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